The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
Published: October 27, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers her biggest book yet with this heartwarming modern-day classic, an unforgettable love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore. Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. Sometimes when he’s lonely he visits The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remembers the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For more than four decades, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing customers with coffee, conversation, and shelves of classics—even through dismal sales and the rise of digital books. Then the hundred-year flood sweeps through Franklin and destroys everything. The bank is about to pull the store’s lease when tragedy strikes. Now the question remains: Can two generations of readers rally together to save The Bridge? And is it possible that an unforgettable love might lead to the miracle of a second chance?
To be honest I wanted to read The Bridge after I saw the movie on Hallmark during the Christmas holidays and at the end saw it was just part one of two parts and had to know how it ended. When I finished I realized The Bridge is definitely what a Hallmark movie is all about. The Bridge is the tale of Molly and Ryan who meet at college and you know from the beginning they are meant to be. Molly is a rich girl whose family wants her to take over the family business while Ryan is a country boy who wants to be a musician. Becoming friends first they slowly fall in love at the local bookstore call The Bridge. The Bridge is a labor of love owned by Charlie and Donna who after suffering the loss of their child wanted to open a bookstore to help other overcome loss and have someone to be there for them. It’s their love and devotion to others that will help them when they need it the most.
The book is a fast read and I loved the relationship each couple had. While Molly and Ryan had a bit of bump in the road I loved how their love lasted the test of time. I also loved how despite the challenges they had they came together to help Donna and Charlie when they needed it. Charlie and Donna’s story was what I think of when I think of everlasting love. Nothing could dampen their faith or love for one another. While this book was about love what I enjoyed most was the story of faith. The faith that they all had was amazing and encouraging, it showed me that we all must believe in something and that in doing so makes the impossible always a possiblity. This is one story that while faith-based isn’t too preachy but tells us how love and undying belief go hand in hand.